Pre-Tournament Interview With:

Brian Harman

Tuesday May 1, 2018

JOHN BUSH: We would like to welcome our defending champion, Brian Harman, into the interview room. He's making his seventh start at the Wells Fargo Championship. I know we were in Wilmington last year so it's a little bit different title defense for you, but just get your thoughts coming into the week.

BRIAN HARMAN: I'm excited. I thought the course here played great for the PGA Championship. It's in great shape. Played nine holes today, I play a pro-am tomorrow. But they do a great job around here and it's going to be a great tournament.

JOHN BUSH: Seven straight years for you inside the Top-100 in the FedExCup standings. Last year you finally reached the TOUR Championship thanks in large part to that win in Wilmington. Just get some comments on your season up to this point and how things are progressing.

BRIAN HARMAN: Yeah, I've had a nice year, been really consistent, a bunch of top-10s. But when you come back as the defending champ and you don't have any other wins, it's been a year since I've won a tournament, so that's high on my list and I'm trying to get back in the winner's circle.

Q. Having won multiple times on Tour, was it any different last year because of the circumstances, because you had Dustin, who hadn't lost to anybody in what seemed like months?

BRIAN HARMAN: Yeah, I think every win will probably be a little bit different. That one was extremely gratifying just because it had been -- I felt like it had been so long and I had been playing really well and knocking on the door. That's kind of how it seems to happen. But to win in that fashion. I mean, not a lot of people get to do that, make a long putt on the last hole to win a tournament, that's something that you think about all the time.

Q. You talked earlier in the year about how you feel like you averaged 290 and you're still hitting it -- you're hitting it actually farther than it now, but there's so many guys hitting it much farther. Are you becoming a bit of an anomaly, are there fewer guys able to do what you do?

BRIAN HARMAN: Yeah, I see less and less guys. It seems like -- it just seems like the average golfer now is just a bigger, better athlete than they were seven to 10 years ago. There's not a lot of guys that are under six feet tall. I saw something the other day where the average height of the PGA TOUR had gone up like four inches or something like that. Guys are bigger. Guys that would have been piddling around in the minor league baseball are out here hitting 320 yards now. The pool of golfers has gotten deeper, I think.

Q. Could you give us kind of a thought process going into the Green Mile to finish a golf tournament here at the Wells Fargo?

BRIAN HARMAN: It's especially tough if you start on the back nine because if you start on the back nine, you've got a stretch there where you've got 16, 17, 18, 1, 2, 3, and 4, so that's seven holes without a par 5 where the shortest par 4 is, gosh, I don't know, 490 yards. So it's extremely tough if you start that way. It's an interesting set of holes if you start on that back nine.

Q. Do you get the feeling coming here like a lot of people do that this is like a fifth major, particularly with the PGA having been here last year?

BRIAN HARMAN: It's certainly a golf course fit for a major and the field this year would suggest the same, so it's going to be a big tournament this year. I think everyone's really looking forward to it.

JOHN BUSH: Brian, we appreciate your time. Best of luck this week.

BRIAN HARMAN: Thank you so much.